Thus far, Brady has been unsuccessful in court. His latest attempt at earning the right to die was decided on a technicality concerning his legal representation. However, the idea that notorious inmates have a right to die, like everyone else, could eventually present a challenge for advocates of right to die laws, including physician-assisted suicide advocates.

At some point, it seems likely that a terminally ill person who is serving a life sentence will seek to be allowed to die, just as a non-prisoner has the right to do. The question will then need to be answered whether that should be allowed on humanitarian grounds or would allowing it be considered letting a guilty person get out of a just punishment for his crimes?

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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